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good morning. breaking news. at least one person dead, over 50 homes destroyed after a massive explosion rips through a neighborhood outside san francisco. a fireball more than 1,000 feet in the air had residents running for safety. we're live on the scene. will he or won't he? the controveial florida pastor who threatened to burn the koran calls it off and then announces it may still happen. what now? we'll ask him in a live interview. and al, the musical?
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cleanup in aisle four. al slices and dices and dances his way through his first job at a supermarket today, friday, september 10th, 2010. captions paid for by nbc-universal television and good morning. welcome to "today" on a friday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> and i'm meredith vieira. you know, it looked like hell on earth in the city of san bruno outside san francisco this morning it was a terrible scene. >> firefighters are pouring water on the smoldering wreckage after a huge explosion on thursday night sent flames ripping through a residential neighborhood. now, officials aren't exactly sure what sparked the blast, but a ruptured gas main fueled the intense fire. >> one fire captain says by the time his firefighters arrived, dozens of homes had already been consumed by the flames, even though the fire station is only a few blocks away. >> we're going to get right to
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this story. nbc's miguel almaguer is on the scene. miguel, what can you tell us? >> reporter: matt, good morning. at least 75 people were rushed to the hospital overnight, some of them injured critically. we know at least one person is dead, although that number may rise. some 53 homes were completely destroyed. more than 100 others damaged. it's believed the explosion may have been caused by a ruptured gas line. and as one witness said here, they described the scene as "hell on earth." the explosion ripped through san bruno just before 7:00 local time, the dinner hour in this suburb just south of san francisco. a blast so violent, some thought it was an earthquake, or worse, a jetliner crash. it was neither. >> i went out and seen this big fireball. first thing i thought was, oh, god, something went up, and it was intense with flames. >> reporter: a monster, gas-fed fireball with flames shooting as high as 100 feet into the air was burning so hot, it obscured
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everything around it. asphalt melted, windows shattered, the sky turned black and the sound, what witnesses describe as a roaring and a groaning, could be heard for miles. >> just shook your body. you could feel the intensity of the fire, and i never felt anything like it. >> reporter: as twilight turned to night, the fire's footprint continued to grow. it wasn't one house or two, it was dozens engulfed in a wind-whipped, gas-filled fury today make matters worse, the explosion may have ripped through the neighborhood's water main, making a nearby fire hydrant unusable. >> even if we had that water supply, it wouldn't have -- we could not have extinguished that fire until the gas line was shut down. >> reporter: with temperatures in the thousands of degrees, the only way in was from the air. firefighting planes roared overhead, dumping retardant in the middle of single-lane streets to keep the fire from spreading. helicopters made targeted
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assaults from one rooftop to another, but so much had already been lost and the fire's fuel seemed never-ending. >> we have declared a disaster, a local disaster in the city of san bruno, which has been confirmed through the state, and we will be accessing federal resources. >> reporter: soon, it looked more like a raging grass fire, not the middle of a crowded neighborhood. a string of burning embers lit up the night, a fiery domino incinerating block after block. throughout the night, firefighters struggled to get the upper hand on the inferno as one fire seemed to burn itself out, a fresh one would start. the city's fire chief said he's never seen anything like it. >> no, and i don't want to again. >> reporter: although the cause of the fire remains uncertain, the local gas company, pg&e, acknowledged that one of its gas transmission lines had ruptured. >> if the investigation were to turn up that some of our
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facilities were involved in this, we will do what's right. >> reporter: as the fire slowly turned from an inferno into something still terrible but manageable, rescuers began driving street by street looking for anyone trapped or injured, but fire crews say getting to the epicenter of the explosion probably won't happen until later today, a crater in the middle of a neighborhood that will never be the same. over the last few days, some neighbors had complained of a gas smell in this area. investigators are looking into that. in the meantime, come daybreak here, search dogs will look at the blast zone and comb that area looking for anyone who didn't make it out. matt? >> miguel almaguer in san bruno for us this morning. miguel, thanks for your report. bob pellegrini was sitting at home watching a football game when his house was rocked by that explosion. mr. pellegrini, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. >> i was reading the account this morning of what happened to you, and it's mind boggling, so let me just start by saying i'm
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so happy you're all right. >> thank you. >> your home was one house away from where this explosion occurred. tell me what you saw and felt. >> well, we were in the middle of watching the game, you know, in the first quarter, and all of a sudden, the house started vibrating, not shaking like an earthquake, but like vibrating. and we couldn't understand why. and then all of a sudden, we seen this big, orange plume go up, and it had a thunderous sound to it when it was going off. and i looked outside, and i went, "holy mackerel!" and the glass -- i felt the door and it wasn't hot, but the glass on the door was extremely hot. and i said, i don't think we can stay here, because you could see bits of the asphalt all over the front of the house. and what we did was we actually put my shoes on and i started to see the windows crack from the intense heat, not from the fire itself, but from the heat. and what i did was we ran out the back of the house, went
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around the gate, and the fence was already on fire, and we dragged my dog, gus, a bulldog, out and went up and around the corner. and then i thought we left my brother in the house because he still was in there. he was looking for us. once he discovered we were gone, i guess he went the other way, and i thought i had lost him, but fortunately, i seen him pop up on the back of the street on the other side. we came up two opposite streets, so -- >> tell me -- luckily -- let's make the point, everybody in your home got out safely, and that's very good news. tell me about this house, though. this was your parents' house. i know that you grew up there. >> yeah. >> you moved back in after your mom passed away. >> yeah. >> had just remodeled it. >> right, yeah. >> what was it like to see it in flames? >> yeah, and i took care of my dad. heart-wrenching. it really was hard to watch, you know? but the main thing is that my intermediate family got out, and
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the other things can be rebuilt and other things can be, you know, replaced, but you can't replace family members. >> where are you going to go from here, bob? where are you going to stay? >> well -- oh, i've got wonderful friends, wonderful friends that have offered homes for me to stay in, cars to drive. a friend of mine offered me a house to stay in and gave me a truck if i need it. we're staying with some wonderful friends of dave and jeanette siva, who are like family to us, and they're allowing us to stay at their house right now, which is where my wife and my son and my dog are right now. >> well -- >> and we're blessed. >> well, you're lucky to be alive, and our thoughts and prayers are with you and everybody else from your neighborhood. >> i appreciate it, matt. >> all right. bob pellegrini, thanks very much. let's get the latest on the investigation into this disaster from jim ruwane, the mayor of
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san bruno. mr. mayor, good morning to you. >> good morning to you. >> most importantly, what's the latest? have you accounted for everybody? i know they've been going street to street. are there still some residents unaccounted for? >> we don't know the full count and we won't know until some time tomorrow morning or later this morning, actually, when the sun comes up. late last evening, it was way too hot and too dangerous for the firefighters and the first responders to get into that neighborhood and actually assess the total amount of damage, but we do expect a number of more fatalities. >> still the investigation goes on as to what exactly caused this. i know there is some kind of a ruptured transmission line there, but we don't know if that's the exact cause. but look at the numbers here. we have one fatality, 50 homes destroyed, 120 damaged. you've lived in that town for i think over 30 years. what's going to happen to that community? >> hard to say right now. we're right in the throes of taking care of the people that we had to evacuate, making sure
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that they have accounted for all of their family members, getting them assistance, getting them aid, setting up hotlines, doing all the things we have to do to assist them when the sun comes up later this morning. it's a very difficult procedure, and the first response from this whole county as well as san francisco has been absolutely incredible. >> well, as i said to mr. pellegrini, mr. mayor, our thoughts and prayers are with all the people in san bruno. >> i appreciate that. and as i told the first responders earlier today and earlier at a news conference, for all who are listening, say a special prayer for those people today. thank you. >> you got it. mayor ruane, we appreciate it. it's now ten minutes after the hour. here's meredith. >> matt, thank you. now to the raging controversy over a fringe pastor's plan to burn the koran on 9/11. on thursday he called the plan off after worldwide appeals, but now says he's not so sure. we'll talk to him in a moment. first, nbc's kerry sanders is in gainesville, florida, with the latest. kerry, good morning to you. >> reporter: well, good morning, meredith.
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it appeared to be over. a personal phone call from secretary of defense robert gates to the pastor here looked like it sealed the deal. then it all fell apart. at the last minute, the burning of the koran was directly linked to the construction of that controversial mosque near ground zero, and, well, as you'll see, a confusing situation got even more complicated. the white house and so many others had waited days to hear these words. >> we have agreed to cancel our event on saturday. >> reporter: thursday evening, pastor terry jones said he was canceling the koran burning because the imam building an islamic cultural center in lower manhattan had just agreed to move it. >> i will be flying up there on saturday to meet with the imam at the ground zero mosque. he has agreed to move the location. that, of course, cannot happen overnight, but he has agreed to
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move that. >> reporter: then, the confusion. the florida imam who stood at pastor jones' side here in gainesville said he had not brokered a deal to move the new york mosque. he had simply arranged a meeting. >> i have made this morning contact with the office of the imam and got the commitment to fly out to new york and meet with him in the company of pastor jones. >> reporter: it didn't take long in new york for imam faisal duraf to announce "i'm glad that pastor jones has decided not to burn any koran. however, i have not spoken to pastor jones or imam musry. i am surprised by this announcement." thursday night, i had asked pastor jones if he felt he had been misled by the imam in florida. >> been tricked? >> yes, of course. i don't feel tricked. i was lied to. >> reporter: did imam musry lie? >> absolutely not. >> reporter: pastor jones, seemingly baffled by the turn of
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events, announced he suspended but has not canceled plans to burn the korans on saturday. >> we're a little bit, not totally, but we're a little bit back to square one. >> reporter: as all this plays out in tand the holy month of ramadan ends with the 9/11 anniversary now a day away, protests around the world continue, in pakistan and afghanistan. they burned american flags, chanting "death to america." president obama called the pastor's plan a stunt that puts u.s. troops in danger. >> we've just issued a global travel alert. >> reporter: the state department has issued a worldwide travel caution to u.s. citizens. u.s. embassies are on alert. and all indications the crisis was finally over seem to now be unraveling. >> now, now we're in somewhat of a state of limbo, and we have to rethink, of course, our position. >> reporter: it's unclear if
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this small church will now burn the korans, but from the white house down to the soldiers on patrol in afghanistan, there is a general sense that in the muslim world, the damage to the u.s. reputation is already done. meredith? >> kerry sanders, thank you very much. let's talk to the man at the center of the controversy, pastor terry jones. good morning to you. >> yeah, good morning. good morning. >> there have been so much confusion here, pastor. first you said you were going to burn the korans. then you said that plan had been canceled. then yesterday, again, later yesterday you said it had been suspended. so, where are we at? what do you plan to do? are you going to burn those korans on saturday? >> well, i think the confusion has not really come from us, it's come from the fact that i was told something, i was lied to. the imam came to me yesterday after hearing a radio broadcast that i did where i mentioned that we would be willing to cancel our event, something that
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the muslim world wants to happen, if they would be willing to cancel or move the ground zero mosque, something that the american world wants to be done. and he came to me with that proposal. i said, yes, we will do that. we are supposed to fly up and meet the imam either today or tomorrow. and then later on -- >> he said -- i asked -- >> then he took that back. >> exactly. he said that he never made that promise to you, that he tried to broker a -- >> that is not true. >> that is not true. he told you directly that the imam -- >> that is absolute -- >> he told you directly that the imam in new york had said that he would not build a mosque near ground zero in return for you not burning the koran? >> that is exactly what he told me. i have witnesses that are there. i asked him three or four times, and that's exactly what he said. i said let me make this clear. if we cancel our event on saturday, then the mosque in new
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york city will be moved from its present location? he said, yes. there was absolutely no doubt about it. >> well, if that is off the table, do you plan, then, to burn the korans on saturday? >> right now we plan to meet with the imam on saturday. if we meet with him on saturday, then of course, we will not burn the korans, no. >> but i thought that meeting was not going to happen now. you're confuse -- i'm still very confused by what you're saying. i thought you said that meeting is not going to happen. >> yeah. that is the problem. that is the problem. i am sorry to say, the man is lying. he asked me yesterday, when would you like to meet with the imam, on friday or saturday? i said i do not want to meet on friday. i would like to meet him on saturday. he said, okay. that meeting will take place. these are the things exactly what he told me. based upon that, i trusted him and believed him. if he is now changing it, then he is not telling the truth. >> yesterday, the secretary of defense, gates, he called you personally, and he said please do not go through with this
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because you are risking lives if you do. what did you respond to him? >> i told him that we were taking it very, very serious. we have been contacted by many people. we take that danger very, very seriously, and i told him that we were definitely praying about it and reconsidering. >> but today, sir, in afghanistan, a man was shot dead when protesters angry over your plan to burn korans attacked a nato base. do you feel that you bear any responsibility for what happened? >> we do not feel we bear responsibility, no. we feel what has actually happened is that we have brought an awareness. it is very clear that islam, that radical islam is much more dangerous, violent and radical than we ever thought. they are doing things although we have done nothing. it has just been an excuse for violence. >> -- hatred and bigotry, don't
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you expect this kind of an outcome? you've incited this. >> we did not. we do not feel responsible. we did not pull the trigger. it reveals the true nature of islam. people burn all the time bibles, they burn the flag. americans do not go around killing them. christians do not go around killing them, whether they burn one bible, 10,000 bibles. we do not do that because that is not our nature. >> well, there are people -- >> i think we need to look here at who is actually responsible for that. >> there are people of all faiths, sir, today who are calling you intolerant, bigoterous, even calling you crazy. what are you? >> i am just a man who is trying to do what god has told us to do one of those things, we feel, is to shed a light to take the cover off, to take the blinders off and to really look at how
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dangerous, violent islam is. we have to get our head out of the sand. >> and if what you're doing results in people dying, so be it? >> not at all. that would be absolutely, absolutely terrible. that is what we do not want -- >> well, it's already happened. >> we are even surprised. we are even surprised by the violence of islam. we did not kill anybody. islam is killing people. we need to realize, we need to wake up and see the danger. >> pastor terry jones, thank you for your time this morning. >> thank you. let us now move over to the news desk. ann's standing by. she's got the other stories of the morning. good morning. >> good morning to you, matt and meredith, and good morning, everybody. there is concern this morning about a wildfire burning since monday in the foothills near boulder, colorado, that it could spread to the city of boulder itself because of erratic winds. about 170 homes have already been destroyed there and the fire is just only half contained.
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philadelphia police say a woman suspended from her job last night at a kraft foods plant returned minutes later and shot three people, killing at least two of them. she was arrested after the standoff. officials in iran who announced thursday that they will release captive american hiker sarah shourd tomorrow have not mentioned anything about the two other hikers, shane bauer and josh fatal. the three young americans have been held for more than a year, accused of crossing into iran illegally. a federal judge struck down the military's ban on openly gay service members on thursday. the judge said that she will issue an order to stop enforcement of the don't ask, don't tell policy, which she has ruled violates the rights of gays and hurts military readiness. u.s. marine commandos stormed a german cargo ship off the coast of somalia on thursday, overpowering pirates who seized the ship and 11 crew members days earlier. no shots were fired. a foiled bank robbery in wisconsin has police looking for a gunman who got away on
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wednesday, even after he was grabbed from behind by a customer and wrestled to the ground. and the new orleans saints defeated the minnesota vikings 14-9 in last night's nfl season opener here on nbc. so, the saints are smiling today. it is now 7:20. let's now go back to matt, meredith and al. >> i'm glad that happened, because otherwise, you wouldn't be able to go back to new orleans. >> i know. >> a jinx. >> absolutely. >> i'm surprised you didn't get to stay and see it. >> i know. we were on a plane yesterday. >> feels like we've been down there a lot lately, doesn't it? anyway, congratulations to the
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>> the temperature now is 55 and plenty of sunshine. the barometer is down a little bit and we have a west wind at 5 miles per hour. we will it be a mere 84 high. and that's your latest weather. matt? all right, al, thanks. coming up, is he getting away with murder? questions swirling around the former "survivor" producer suspected of the death of his wife in mexico. and also, why this case has dragged on so long. first, this is "today" on nbc.
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still ahead, he slices, he dices, he makes a mockery of the grocery business. >> al at his first job. happy birthday to you. happy birthday to you. happy birthday, happy birthday... happy birthday to you.
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>> live, local, late-breaking - this is a wbal-tv 11 news update. >> good morning, i am stan stovall and the time is 7:26. >> good morning. a couple of things we want to mention on the commute.
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on the outer loop of the east side of the beltway at 702, there is an accident moved off the shoulder. some police activity in pasadena at logwood road. speed sensors are looking good except for the northeast corner of 95 south. there is a slowdown at 33 miles per hour and 35 on the topside of the beltway. we'll give you a live look out on the north side. you can say a bit of a slowdown there. leave a few extra minutes this morning. this is at 40 west on the west side of the beltway, we show a little bit of a slowdown on the outer loop. we have a report of the accident on the inner loop. >> this morning, sunshine and the only rain closest to us is in parts of kentucky and tennessee. that is left over from the tropical storm. we have a few showers up in
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maine. we have thunderstorms out in the dakotas. that is the weather system that will be a rainmaker from us a couple of days from now. 55 degrees at the airport and the humidity is down. the west winds are at 5 miles per hour and are forecast calls for cash scattered clouds and breezy but not as wendy as yesterday. it is cooler than normal. 74-79 degrees will be the temperature range today. seven days out, we see another good day on saturday with temperatures up near 80, thunderstorm chance on sunday and next week looks dry. >> be sure and check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic in felt throughout the morning. we are back in 45 minutes. everyone knows a fee is a tax. you raised some taxes during that period, particularly the property tax as well as a lot of fee increases.
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as you know, there's a big difference between fees and taxes. but...they're the same. it's a tax. it's a tax. it's a tax. it's a tax. there's a big difference between fees and taxes. fees and taxes are one in the same. if it comes out of my pocket, it's a tax. now he says it isn't true. we didn't raise taxes. what? still doing the same thing, paying out more money. typical politician. definitely.
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7:30 now on this friday morning, the 10th day of september, 2010. the temperatures have cooled off here in the big apple the past couple of days, but things are going to heat up in manhattan in just about an hour because one of the hottest country groups around, sugar land, will be performing live on the plaza. i'm meredith vieira here alongside matt lauer. coming up in this half hour, five items that are a big, big mark-up. if you are pinching pennies, we will teach you how to save money if you absolutely, positively have to buy things like bottled
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water and printer ink. also ahead, you hate to view things this way, but why some homeowners' pain could be your gain. if you're looking to buy a house in areas that have been very hard hit by this real estate crash, we're going to take you to florida, where some homes are now costing about the same as a new car. and then a little later, we will wrap up our week-long attempt to go back to our first jobs, and this time, al is headed back to queens to be the king of the grocery world. and the deli section has never been so much fun. >> look at that lady checking him out like he was crazy. >> well. >> yeah, exactly. we begin this half hour, though, with a serious story, a murder in cancun and a family's search for justice. our national correspondent, natalie morales, is following the story of the former "survivor" producer suspected in his wife's death. natalie, good morning. >> good morning to you, matt. five months ago this week, monica beresford-redman was found dead at a luxury resort in cancun, mexico, the chief suspect, her husband, bruce, a hollywood tv producer's a wanted man in mexico, but he remains
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free in los angeles. i recently spoke with monica's sisters to talk about the grief they face every day and the frustration they feel over the delays in this case. >> he's so much in my head that it's like, she's around me, you know? she's still here, because i can feel her. >> reporter: giani and karla still feel deep pain over the death of heir sister, monica beresford-redman, a brill zillean who ran a successful restaurant in los angeles. how much suffering are you still going through? >> i think i wasn't even really able to touch the real pain that i feel. i don't. >> and to know that five months later, you have no resolution still. >> it's so frustrating. >> reporter: in april, monica and her husband, bruce, a former producer for "survivor" and other reality shows, traveled to cancun, mexico, with their two young children, staying here at
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the deluxe moon palace resort. in a statement to mexican police, bruce said monica went shopping one morning and never came back. two days later, her body was found in a sewer 90 yards away from their hotel room. >> translator: what we're finding is that everything in this investigation is revolving around bruce. >> reporter: mexican authorities consider bruce their prime suspect and told him to remain in mexico as their investigation continued. they kept his passport. but six weeks later, bruce suddenly arrived back home in los angeles to be with his two children. >> unless someone is arrested or is ordered by a judge in mexico to remain, they are free to leave, and he did so. >> reporter: days later, mexican authorities issued a warrant for bruce's arrest and a formal extradition request for the united states to return him to mexico to stand trial for murder. right now, it rests with the u.s. state department, which must initiate extradition of american citizens.
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how would you say the american authorities are handling this? >> they cannot accept the fact that the request for his arrest has arrived here two months ago and nothing has been done. and when they call to ask questions and to know what's going on, give us an answer, tell us something. >> reporter: the sisters' attorney, alison triesel, is trying to get an answer, writing this letter on their behalf. >> we've written to secretary of state hillary clinton. >> i have. >> what are you asking for? >> we are asking that she assist the mexican authorities in carrying out their request. we're simply asking that the united states not stand in the way of mexico's pursuit of justice. >> reporter: so far, bruce beresford-redman has not spoken with the media, although in may he did release a statement, saying of his wife monica, "i am devastated at her loss and i am incensed at the suggestion that i could have anything to do with her death. i am innocent." bruce's attorney says he's
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prepared to surrender to a u.s. court, if necessary, but that he will fight extradition to mexico. and we should also note that a senior administration official told nbc news this week that they are cooperating fully with mexican authorities on the beresford-redman case and are proceeding carefully according to american laws on extradition. matt? >> all right, natalie. thank you very much. dan abrams is nbc's chief legal analyst. dan, good morning to you. >> good morning, matt. >> a little bit of an unusual situation going on here. the state department's got to get involved, then the justice department. how long could this process drag on? >> it could go on for months. i think that's enormously frustrating to the people involved, i'm certain. but the reality is, first, the mexican authorities had to sort of get their ducks in a row and put together the right document to say we want you to extradite him. the state department then takes that and says, okay, we're going to look at this. and then very often, they go back. they don't just look at a document and go yes or no. they'll go back sometimes and say, wait, we need more of this, less of this, et cetera, et
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cetera. then if the state department thinks there's enough, then they take it effectively to the justice department where the defendant can have an opportunity to say i shouldn't be extradited at all. >> reading the information on this this morning, i was reminded of something, that when he left mexico, he left without his passport in the first place. the mexican authorities held it. what's the legal basis for that? >> it's unclear, meaning, he is saying, his lawyer is saying that he had no legal obligation to stay in mexico. the mexican authorities say they made it clear to him that he wasn't allowed to leave, but as a practical matter now, i don't want to say it doesn't matter, but the reality is, he's now here. he's an american citizen. so, how he got here matters less. >> and the other reality is that the family of the victim here wants this guy held without bail until this is all sorted out. that's not the case right now. >> yeah, and i think it's unlike tle ly to happen, even if the state department goes to the justice department and goes, okay, we want to extradite. it's still unlikely that he
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would be held without bail. what would likely happen is they would take it, they would litigate it, and while -- meaning litigate it in the sense that he would be able to actually bring witnesses to say i should not be extradited, this evidence isn't enough, et cetera. >> but your bottom line is this is going to go on for an awfully long time. >> it's going to go on for a while, but most of the time, in this kind of case, where you've got mexican and u.s. authorities who have a treaty, most of the time, someone will end up getting extradited, meaning you can fight it. there are valid reasons to fight it. these things get litigated. but most of the time in this kind of case, i would think that the extradition would probably go through. >> mr. abrams, dan, thank you very much. >> thanks to you, matt. 7:37. let's get another check of the day's weather from mr. roker. al? >> thanks a lot, matt. and of course, we have still the hurricane season to talk by it's now tropical depression igor, 150 miles west of the cape verde islands, winds 35 miles per hour, moving west at 13. we do expect it to strengthen, though, and by wednesday, early
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wednesday morning, it's a category 2 hurricane. so, we're going to be keeping an eye on this. and we've got some activity just behind it as well. also, we've got an area of low pressure near the windward islands. 30% chance this is going to develop to a tropical storm in the next 48 hours. that's what's going on around the country. >> it was a good day yesterday and a good morning this morning with plenty of sunshine and only a few scattered clouds parted that will include all day and our temperatures will be in the >> and if you like to trackure weather all day, go to the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. you can also find out the weather for, of course, now that we've gotten that first football kickoff out of the way, that
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clears the way for "sunday night football night in america." we've got the boys coming into the redskins at fedex field. partly cloudy, mild, temperatures 71 to 75 degrees. it's a barn-burner! it's coming up. "sunday night football night in america." matt. >> just realized the offseason was too long, al. good to have you back. still ahead, too close for comfort? the pitfalls facing moms and daughters who are best friends. but up next, are you unsentimental about $5 greeting cards? how to spot some items that are simply outrageously marked up, right after this. ♪ ♪ [ male announcer ] it's a universal gesture... ♪ a way of telling the world "you did it!"...
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yahoo! finance came up with the top ten consumer items you can't seem to live without, even though they come at a big cost. laura riley is a writer with yahoo! finance. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> it's the mark-up that makes these items so expensive. >> yeah. >> yet we keep coming back for more. why is that? >> i think the packaging sizes is relatively small and the money you lay out initially isn't that much, so you don't realize you're paying an enormous mark-up. >> let's start with movie popcorn, because it is expensive to begin with, but then when you learn how much it costs to make, it's really expensive. >> it can cost $1 an ounce. if you get the kind you microwave at home, 10 cents an ounce or $1.60. the solution is microwave it at home and bring it with you. >> but at theaters, they're buying in bulk, so they're really making it up. >> really making a profit, yeah. >> i go to the store and you're so caught up in finding the perfect card, you don't realize how much you're shelling out.
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>> and greeting cards have a mark-up of 100% to 200%. the solution is you could either send an e-mail greeting, which blue mountain arts is the site. just search for "greeting cards" or you can buy a box of blank cards. i found some on the internet for 9 cents a card, and write your own greeting. it's little more personal. >> all right. you go to a restaurant, you need a glass of wine or a soft drink. that goes without saying. >> yes. a new york publication found one restaurant marked up the wines 575%. >> oh, my god. so, is the solution to find a place, bring your own? >> yeah. bring your own, drink water, have the kids drink water. i always bribe my kids to drink water instead of soda because again, they'll give you free refills and then your kid is having 40 ounces of soda at dinner. >> which isn't good, either. the national restaurant association said restaurant menus include a range of options so guests can select items that fit their taste, preferences or budget. in your case, get the water. >> get the water. >> but not the bottled water, because that is a real mark-up. >> no, not the bottled water. bottled water can cost ads much
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as $5.20 a gallon. that's 870 times the price of tap. and what's important to know here -- >> sometimes it is tap. >> and sometimes it is tap. congress held hearings last year and found 45% of bottled water actually comes from municipal taps. now, they filter it a little bit more, but if you want filtered water, buy a $30 pitcher. even with those costs of the filters included, you're talking about 16 cents a gallon, not $5. >> and finally, ink cartridges for a printer, those refill cartridges. i don't know how you get around this one, because you need this. >> well, the solution is to buy based on the life of the ink, not the cost of the printer, because they'll sell you the printer for $30, but the ink will cost you 500% of the cost of the printer over a lifetime. one consumer group found we waste $6 billion a year on printer ink by buying the cheapest machine and not buying the machine that uses the ink most efficiently. >> yeah. i have to say, we did reach out to various trade associations, and some products they said cost more because they involve more elaborate manufacturing processes or more expensive material. the key here really is
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comparison shopping and buying in bulk whenever possible. do you agree with that? >> yeah, and bring your own, when you can. >> exactly. laura rowley, thank you so much. >> thank you. up next, from massive mark-ups to bargain basement sales, florida real estate you can snap up for less than the price of a new car, right after this. maybe you want school kids to have more exposure to the arts. maybe you want to provide meals for the needy. or maybe you want to help when the unexpected happens. whatever you want to do, members project from american express can help you take the first step. vote, volunteer, or donate for the causes you believe in at membersproject.com. take charge of making a difference.
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in are ecstatic, because finally, they can afford something. >> can you smell the money? >> reporter: investors follow their noses on to a foreclosure tour bus. >> the bank took it. >> reporter: a hot pursuit of bargain basement homes to buy on the spot. this time there's one priced so low, even they can't believe it. >> i've never seen anything quite like it in my life. >> reporter: however, this truly is hard to believe. >> all this was enclosed without a permit. windows, drywall. it's even raining in the house right now. >> reporter: well, this is what you get in a four-bedroom for the price of something with four wheels. >> this is crazy. >> reporter: once worth around $250,000. when some people walk in and they see hell, you guys see -- >> smell the money. >> reporter: you smell money in there? >> yeah, absolutely. all cash, as is, quick close, and that's how you buy. >> reporter: like friendly vultures, taking over the remains of south florida's property boom and bust.
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>> put in french doors. >> reporter: laura trebatch is smiling again. in december, she lost her corporate banking job to the gasping economy, so got her real estate license and bought her first investment -- three bedrooms, $47,000. ho sold it for $99,000. >> wow, this is amazing. >> reporter: laura bought one home for $38,000. now working on her fourth flip. here's what it looked like before, and today. >> i'm very proud of this one. >> reporter: with hundreds of thousands of foreclosures in south florida in the last three years, there are still plenty out there. for example, just in palm beach county, these are all of the foreclosures that sold in one week's time. this three-bedroom snapped up for $52,000. this beautiful four-bedroom, $100,000, which was rehabbed and sold for $185,000. >> i love it. >> reporter: buying low, selling low, making those who could never afford a home before, like first-year dental student michael gertsman -- >> this is the bedroom.
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>> reporter: -- very happy. he bought a three-bedroom condo walking distance to school for $100,000, less than half what it was once worth. now it costs him less than rent would. >> i'm looking forward to, you know, many happy years and a lot of good times here. >> reporter: home, sweet home. >> it sure is. >> reporter: the inventory of homes and condos on the market in south florida has dropped by about a third in the last year, and people are finding mortgages. now, of course, the situation that brought us here is sad, but many now see this as a win-win, because the bank is getting rid of a toxic asset, the realtors working, the investor's working, the home buyer gets a deal and the neighborhood is improved. matt? >> michelle kosinski. thank you very much. still ahead, al goes back to his first job working at a grocery store. remember that, al? >> yes. i would rather forget it and so would they. >> in queens? >> in queens. it's not there anymore. gives you an idea. >> maybe because of you.
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>> live, local, late-breaking - this is a wbal-tv 11 news update. >> good morning, i am stan stovall. 7:56 and time to check on the morning commute. >> good morning everyone. there are a few things around the area. we picked up a report of debris on the northbound harris garden expressway approaching middletown road. there is also debris blocking the right leg of all 50 at route 2 and pasadena has police
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activity. we are seeing a slowdown in some areas, 24 miles per hour in the northeast corner of the beltway. there are some areas where you will need extra time this morning. at the top side of the beltway, you can see out early traffic coming toward us and you can see the slowdown with traffic crawling. that is about a nine-minute delay. inner and outer loop, the outer loop you will see delays from security boulevard to route 40. >> good morning. a lot of sunshine around here with a few scattered clouds. there is rain up in the state of maine. it is the remains of hermine. we have thunderstorms out in the dakotas. that will get in here by the end of the weekend our current
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situation, the morning low as 55 degrees. the temperature now has jumped up to 60 and humidity is down. the west wind is 8 miles per hour. temperatures today will climb up into the mid-70's and in some cases upper 70's with a few scattered clouds and a son will be dominant with a northwest breeze. >> you can check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information. traffic information. we are b everyone knows a fee is a tax. you raised some taxes during that period, particularly the property tax as well as a lot of fee increases. as you know, there's a big difference between fees and taxes. but...they're the same. it's a tax. it's a tax. it's a tax. it's a tax. there's a big difference between fees and taxes. fees and taxes are one in the same. if it comes out of my pocket, it's a tax. now he says it isn't true. we didn't raise taxes. what? still doing the same thing, paying out more money.
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typical politician. definitely. my commute home to the eastern shore every night only takes an hour but that's more time than congress spends reading massive spending bills, it's crazy. that's why i wrote a law that requires 72 hours to read every bill. i read the big bills and i said no. no to the $3 trillion budget, no to the bank bailout, and no to the health care bill. at home you would never pay a bill without reading it neither should congress. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message because i'm proud to be
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ranked one of the most independent members of congress. ♪ we're back now at 8:00 on a friday morning. it's the 10th day of september, 2010. lively crowd out here on the plaza. looks like a lot of football fans here, too. the season's under way, and in honor of that, we've got a great concert coming up in just a little while. we've got sugar land, the country duo, performing in our 8:30 half hour. looking forward to that. meanwhile, out on the plaza, matt lauer along with meredith
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vieira and al roker. we're going to wrap up what's been a really fun series this week where we all go back and take a look at our first jobs and try them out again. you were a tap dance instructor. >> i was. >> i was a paper boy. ann was a babysitter. natalie worked in a pet store. and today, al goes back to his old neighborhood in queens. >> yes. >> and you take on the job you had for several weeks? >> well, i actually was kind of an all-around guy in the grocery store. whatever -- >> he's still an all-around guy. >> whatever dirty job needed to be done, i cleaned it up. but i get to actually try my hand at some other things at the grocery store. >> you were a bagger, too? >> i did a lot of bagging. >> but i don't think you did it in the style you're going to do it in this morning. >> actually, i did it the exact same way. >> and you were in the bag a lot. >> a lot, yeah. also coming up, it's probably one of the most complicated relationships there is, between a mother and a daughter, and how you set boundaries. people here are shaking their heads. can a mom and her daughter be best friends? is that a good thing or a bad thing? we'll delve into that as well. >> i don't think it sounds like a good thing, i really --
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>> well, some people say it works for them. >> really? okay. and what else? mr. roker, you got anything to talk about? no. let's just go inside to ann at news desk. she's got a check of the headlines. >> thanks so much. good morning once again, everybody. a residential neighborhood in the hills of san francisco exploded in flames last night, the fire roaring through houses in san bruno within minutes, destroying more than 50 homes and damaging at least 120 others. it even burned the neighborhood's main water line, but firefighters say that even if they had the water, they still could not have put that fire out. at least three people have been killed and at least 75 people were rushed to hospitals. but an official said on this broadcast that not all the houses have yet been checked. texas governor rick perry has issued a disaster declaration for 40 counties affected by the remnants of tropical storm hermine. the storms dumped heavy rain and spawned several tornadoes in the dallas area this week, leaving at least four people dead and three missing. a woman is in custody after
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another deadly workplace shooting that police say that minutes after the woman was suspended last night, she returned to the kraft plant in philadelphia with a handgun and started shooting, killing two other women and injuring one man. the pastor of that small church in florida reaffirmed on this broadcast this morning that he does not plan to burn copies of the koran this saturday, september 11th, but the pastor, terry jones, told meredith this morning that this is contingent on his belief that he will meet tomorrow in new york with the imam behind the proposed mosque near ground zero. meantime, in afghanistan today, one person was killed outside a nato base during a huge protest against the threatened koran burning. and here is an unusual way to reduce stress. workers in tokyo at a skyscraper there spent their lunch break on thursday harvesting rice. it was planted inside their office last spring. the project reportedly has built comradery and also yielded about 110 pounds of rice, which will
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now be served in the company cafeteria. might give ge some ideas around here. it is now three minutes past. let's go back outside to matt, meredith and al. >> all right, ann, thank you so much. >> where is al? >> i'm over here! >> oh, here he is. >> there you go. got some nice folks here, three generations hanging out? who do we have? >> mother, daughter, granddaughter, birthday girl. >> birthday girl. very nice. got some nice folks here. where are you guys from? >> from new york city. >> yorktown! >> yorktown, all right. very nice. all right. let's check your weather. you know, actually know darlene rodriguez, right over there, our wnbc local anchor, darlene rodriguez. okay. anyway, give darlene a little love. let's show you what's happening. the great singer darlene love. boise, idaho, nbc 7. sunny and mild, 70 degrees. and the rest of the country, we are looking at some strong storms firing up in the midsection. got a risk of strong storms there. wet weather coming across the western plains. beautiful weather up and down the eastern seaboard with low humidity, cooler temperatures,
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some clouds in the coastal pacific northwest. otherwise, plenty of sunshine through the southwest, where temperatures still are a little on the chillier side, only in the 90s. 96 in phoenix today. that's what's >> the sun is out this morning and only a few scattered clouds and temperature is cool in the 50's and 60's and temperatures climbing into and that's your latest weather. meredith? >> thank you very much. and don't go anywhere, because we're going to see how al fared in his first job at a grocery store. be afraid, be very afraid. that's right after this. i had this chronic, deep ache all over --
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our first attempts at gainful employment. >> matt was a paper boy. i was a tap dance teacher. ann had adventures in babysitting. and natalie went to the dogs. well, this morning, al answered the time-tested question. >> paper or plastic? although back then, they didn't have plastic. that's right. i went back to work shelving, slicing and pricing at the supermarket near where i grew up in queens. while i managed to bag a few groceries, there wasn't a bag big enough to contain my moods. once upon a time in a land far, far away -- all right, queens, new york -- there was a tiny neighborhood called saint albu ss albusans, but musical giants like miles davis, ella fitzgerald, sports legends like joe lewis, jackie robinson and the sultan of swat, babe ruth lived. then, of course, one of the most famous of them all -- i said most famous of them all -- the
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sultan of other? ♪ ♪ welcome back ♪ >> hey, there! hi! how's it going? >> another great day. >> fantastic! >> who is that? >> kind of strange. >> you know, i used to work at a shoprite just around the corner here. they're going to love to see me when i try to recreate my first job. how am i going to recreate my job if there's no -- that will do. ooh! they await! as i head into my first job at western beef. hi. al roker, ready to work. >> are you here to work or here to play? >> i'm here to work.
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let's do it. >> let's see what you've got. >> work with groceries, come on. this is it. >> can i get some cheese, a quarter pound of cheese? >> quarter pound of cheese. western beef american yellow, white, bores head white, domestic swiss, would you like alpine laced american, alpine laced provolone -- >> wait, wait, wait. i didn't ask for all that. >> no? >> i just asked for a quarter pound of cheese. >> all right. here you go. >> oh, my goodness. >> all right. have a nice day. >> you're kind of slow over here. i think i'm going to try you out in the meat department with lunch box. >> lunch box? hi, i'm al. >> i'm lunch box. >> nice to see you. >> think you could try our pork loins? >> how's that? >> not bad. not bad, for a weatherman. you've got to take a little bit of the fat off. >> trim the fat? >> yeah. a little too much fat. >> a little thinner, a little cleaner. >> al, i told you to trim it you're babying the meat. >> i'm babying the meat? >> you've got to act like you want to cut it.
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take it like this and you trim it in advance. you see? you trim it and then you slice it. >> trim it and then slice it. >> okay? >> trim it and then slice it. >> we're not inventing the atom here. >> am i making you happy? >> yeah, you're getting there. you're getting better. but some too big, some too fat. >> oh, okay. >> how's he doing? >> i really don't think this is the department for him. >> no? we're going to try you out with something else. >> okay. nice working with you, lunch box. >> okay. >> so, al, how do you think you're doing? >> mike, i don't know. i just don't feel like i'm getting the whole store experience. >> so how do you think you'll do that? >> music montage! ♪ ♪
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♪ ♪ >> i can't believe this guy took all my employees. he's fired. >> yeah! >> bravo! bravo! [ applause ] >> just ridiculous. it had nothing to do with my first job! but jen long, our producer, who's a frustrated music producer, decided to do it. >> you look like a frustrated
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performer there. you were into it. >> it was fun. all the folks at western beef in my old neighborhood is awfully nice. >> the old store's gone, huh? >> and that's why. >> exactly. >> that was fun. really fun. >> lunch box. he -- >> absolutely. >> he had enough of you. >> i know. he had a knife, too. >> this is a fun series. i really enjoyed it. >> good look back. >> it was. >> we've got much more ahead on a friday morning. >> we do? >> we're back right after this. ♪ t time to use it. it's pretty cool. [ woman ] you just feed your check in. feed the money right in. no deposit slips. no looking for an envelope. i have an image of my check right here. i can get a picture of the check, on the receipt. it even tells what kind of bills i put in. [ man ] you just put the bills right in. it even did the math for me. -four twentys. -a ten. -two fives. -a hundred bucks. -it's all right here. ♪ i'm done, i'm outta here. [ male announcer ] quick and easy deposits. with atms from bank of america. ♪
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♪ this morning on "today's family," we are starting a series taking a look at the dynamics of mother-daughter relationships. today we're asking the question, can your mom be your best friend as well? >> hey, hey, hey! how are my best girlfriends? i just want you to know, if you need anything, don't be shy, okay? there are no rules in this house, not like a regular mom. i'm a cool mom. >> sounds cool on the big screen, but can it translate to real life? >> listen, i wanted to invite you guys to something. it's -- >> no concert. >> hold on. hold on --
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>> doesn't matter. >> it's ben harper at an underground club -- >> oh, yeah. that sounds amazing. you have to go. >> it is my belief that a mother and a daughter cannot be best friends. >> don't tell that to mother-daughter laurie and gabby dickinson. >> gabby is my best friend. it's just the two of us in the house together and she can talk to me about anything and i can talk to her about anything. there is no secrets. she just knows me. she gets me. >> i think it's cool because then people are like, oh, her mom's cool and then they want to hang out and meet my mom. >> and gabby's friends agree. >> it's really different from what other mothers and daughters have. >> laura is pretty awesome. she's cool. she hangs out with us. >> no, i want purple. purple's my favorite color. >> no, purple's my favorite color. >> so close, the two even wear the same clothes. >> i think it's cool that my mom wears the same clothes as me. like, it looks cool and we share the same clothes. we're almost the same size, and it's cool. >> but is it okay for mothers
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and daughters to be best friends? 57% of those surveyed in an ivillage poll say no. >> there needs to be boundaries. they can find commonalities with each other, but that doesn't mean hanging out at the same spots or in the mall together. >> thank you. >> for laurie and gabby, their close friendship keeps communication open. >> there's nothing off limits. i talk to her about drugs, school, boys, everything. i don't know any other of my friends who talk to their moms about that. >> and so far, that keeps this duo happy. >> i'm really happy with the way our relationship turned out. >> i definitely feel lucky about my relationship with my mom. it's awesome. >> wendy walsh is a psychologist, a mom of two and an expert from momlogic.com, and we have the host of the tv guide channel and vh1. good morning to you both. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> i want to start with you. as we heard in this report, 57% of those polled say the
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mother-daughter relationship should not turn into a friendship, but you agree with that? >> i agree with that, but it depends on the age. children under the age of 21 need a parent, they don't need a friend. but adults, if the mother allows the child -- the adult child to have her own values, then sure, that's a different thing. but when they're young, they need parents, not friends. >> well, in your case, your mom made it very clear she was not going to be your friend -- >> honey, she made it very clear. i was like, aren't you my friend? i want to talk to you about -- no. there is a line. i am your mother and you need these parameters. and now as an adult, i understand that. >> but as a kid, did you? >> as a kid, i was mad, i was stomping to my room and slamming the door, because i felt i needed somebody to talk to. a female. i didn't have a sister. so it forced me to form bonds with my girlfriends as if they were my parental system to really bounce off of them ideas about how to grow up and mature, really. >> i think it's certainly okay for young children and teenagers to have a voice and be respected and be able to be intimate with their parents and what's going on -- >> but i didn't have that. >> but where the boundaries
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should be is that the parent shouldn't be sharing her anxiety, her problems, her sadness with the child. >> but laurie and gabby say it works for them. >> i used to be jealous of that girl. i would go to their parents and talk to their mom and i don't think that's proper to do -- >> but it's a little much like a mom reliving her youth. >> it's like a little mini me. >> teenagers are supposed to differentiate. they're supposed to say i want to wear this thing that's not for you. >> all her friends thought it was great. >> it is great! we're jealous of that, but not everybody has that, and i think sometimes when you don't have those parameters, we kids are going to be crazy. we're going to rebel against the system. so, if we don't have those parameters to bounce off against, we'll go buck wild! >> lindsay lohan. >> but how do you set boundaries without alienating your kids? >> i don't know if you can. >> well, i think the boundaries are what's important. you're going to be a parent and not put your personal problems and anxieties on the kids, but you're also going to be open and allow your kids to disagree with
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you sometimes. it doesn't mean that there are no rules, but that they have an open voice so they can explore who they are as an individual. part of becoming an individual is saying, hey, here's what my family origin taught me. i'm going to keep some of these values but take these new ones from my peer group. >> absolutely. become an individual. >> and your mom, as i understand, in adult life, had trouble with you accepting -- or she had trouble accepting some of the things you adopted. >> well, i mean, we couldn't have been more different if you cast us blindfolded with ear plugs in. look at us. this is my mom's biggest fantasy, me in a ka tillon that she really wanted me to do and i did that for her. i was a tomboy wearing dock martins and army jackets. i did this for my mother, but i hope she gets to see me in a wedding dress some time soon, some other time. >> but now you and your mother you would say are very good friends. >> we are very good friends. and the difference is i became an adult and proved to her all those things i wanted to do as a child -- i want to be in tv! she was like, you know, it's really hard business, you shouldn't do that. i thought it was her rejecting me. and what it was was a mother's fear. >> she was trying to protect you. >> exactly, but i had to prove
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myself and obviously i had a little success and she pulled back the reins a little bit and we've been able to bond. >> so, if she had been a little less strict, do you think that would have been better? >> i don't know. in retrospect, i think everything works out exactly the way it is. >> it's not about that, meredith, it's about what the level of intimacy is. it's about what values you're going to make that kid follow or let the kid grow on their own. >> okay, ladies. thank you so much. >> i love you, mom! >> i know you can talk forever.
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>> live, local, late-breaking - this is a wbal-tv 11 news update. >> good morning. it is 8:26 and let's get a final check on the morning commute. >> let's start with a live look at the top side of the beltway at 83. you can see most of the lanes there are shut down and one lane of traffic is getting by because of an accident past charles street which is causing it quite a back up. that is an area you want to
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avoid for the time being until traffic starts moving freely again. this is a live view of 95 at the beltway in the northeast corner, you can see traffic might be slow from the white marsh area down to. approaching middletown road, there is a car blocking the right-hand lane. number avenue at washington street as a crash and pasadena still has police activity. an accident at banberry drive. >> lots of sun out there this morning with a little bit of rain in the state of maine. in kentucky and tennessee and missouri as the leftovers of rain from hermine. there will be rain in this region during the day today and rain associate with the cauldron in the dakotas and that system
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will give israel later in the weekend. we look good this morning. humidity is down and the west wind is at 8 miles per hour and our forecast today calls for scattered clouds but a lot of sun and breezy and cooler than usual of 80 degrees. some of the wind gusts will be strong but not as strong as yesterday. >> thank you for joining us.
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i'm bob ehrlich. i'm not the kind of guy who likes to hang on the sidelines. today maryland is in trouble. we're worse off than we were four years ago. dangerous debt, higher taxes, not enough jobs. we need real leadership to turn this state around. fix the budget -- honestly. grow small businesses -- really. excellent schools -- everywhere. protect the bay -- finally. it's why i'm running. to make the state we love not just good but great. now let's get down to work.
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just drive, we'll get there! adventure runs on dunkin', with our egg white breakfast sandwiches. hurry in and try one in delicious veggie or turkey sausage. ♪ back now at 8:30 on this friday morning, september 10th, 2010. might feel a little bit like a tailgate party out here on rockefeller plaza because the red-hot country duo sugar land is getting set to perform as a
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kickoff to the first weekend of the nfl season. they're going to rock the plaza in just a few minutes. i'm meredith vieira here with matt lauer, ann curry and al roker. okay, yesterday you guys were surrounded by the new orleans sain saints. oh, oh, oh, okay, fine. today we have the washington redskins cheerleaders over there. so, is this going to be a daily thing or what? >> what's the problem? >> no. i think this is just about it. but it is a big game this weekend, cowboys/redskins. you can check it out sunday night here on nbc. >> all right, what else is coming up? >> also coming up this half hour, talking about real estate deals. there's a lot of them, actually, out right now. barbara corcoran is here and she's always got good finds. these finds today are under $350,000. >> that's good. >> and it's fashion week here in new york. >> right. >> big fashion week. all the fashions. we'll give you a look at what the hottest trends are coming up in a little bit. >> do you have the new lines?
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she designed and went to india. he was telling me about it yesterday. >> very cool. >> wow. good for her. >> okay, lots to get to. mr. roker, how about a check of the weather? how about it? let's show you what's happening, looking ahead to the weekend. we will show you that we've got sunshine up and down the eastern seaboard. however, we do have a lot of rain in the ohio river valley, wet weather in the pacific northwest, sunny and hot in the southwest. sunday, sunday, we're looking at wet weather up and down the eastern seaboard. some showers in the pacific northwest. plenty of sunshine in the southwest and heat continuing >> it was a good day yesterday and a good morning this morning with plenty of sunshine and only a few scattered clouds parted that will include all day and our temperatures will be in the
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and don't forget, you can check your weather any time of the day or night this weekend. go to the weather channel on cable or weather.com online. now let's head on down to washington, d.c., and say hello to mr. willard scott. >> hey! happy rack shanna to all of our friends out there. god bless you and happy birthday to our buddies. take a look at them as the jam jar spins around. look at that little devil. jeannette pastore, beverly hills, california, 100. worked in world war ii with recipe books. god bless her. and helen huey, huge guy lombardo fan. did you used to work for guy lombardo in the guy says yes, yes, yes, i did. remember that joke so long ago? anyway, i love guy lombardo.
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alice dixon, washington, d.c., 103. world war ii veteran, one of the oldest surviving members of the african-american wacs, women army air corps. dr. joseph kirsner of chicago, illinois. he's 101. received an award for his work on colon cancer and helped feed those who starved in the nazi camps. god love you. shimmy rosenberg, beaver falls, pennsylvania. secret to longevity is eating salami and cream cheese and loves cream-filled donuts. who doesn't, right? frances miano of flagler beach, florida, 100 years old. retired phone operator and loves reminiscing about dancing the foxtrot. hard to find a fox to trot with today.
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john and marge kaufman of phoenix, arizona, been married 77 years. he's 97, she is 96, and they travel all over the world. and that's it from your nation's capital, where we spend your money. now, back to new york. >> all right, willard, thank you very much. things are great up here as well. we've got the washington redskins cheerleaders, we've got a performance in our next -- in this half hour, coming up from sugar land. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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this morning on a poignant story. a farming town whose residents are banning together to make sure some newly forgotten heroes always be remembered. >> why should anybody travel to rural south-central nebraska to see these flags in the farm fields? these markers on a farm road.
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>> i felt it was a story that needed to be told. >> reporter: a story that might have been lost to the ages as those who are now up in age gradually fade from the scene. >> all of a sudden, it was just this big ball of fire. >> it was just like tumbling, end over end over end. >> you know, we used to think that we were indestructible. >> reporter: it happened a little over 6 1/2 decades ago in and around the tiny farming town of milligan, nebraska. three separate crashes over the course of 11 months involving military planes flying out of nearby air bases. back then, the residents of milligan had grown quite used to the sight and sound of daily world war ii training missions, until men started falling from the wide-open nebraska sky, littering the farms and fields with bodies and wreckage. >> it was pretty gruesome. my mother could never forget what it looked like.
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>> reporter: 26 airmen died in the three crashes. only six survived. but as the years went on and more and more eyewitnesses passed on, the once young farm boys and farm girls grew old, as did the stories, stories easily forgotten by those not involved. >> the guys that died in training were just for the most part overlooked. >> reporter: to counter that, jerry pendry wrote a book about all of the nebraska crashes, which stirred the people of milligan into action. money was borrowed for the creation of historical markers. time was invested in a search for surviving family members. tribute books were assembled. downtown windows transformed. flags were placed in the fields where the planes and the people fell. finally, a date was set, a ceremony planned. >> and we wanted the families to know that we did here care about them and we wanted to recognize and honor them publicly. >> reporter: one by one, they arrived from all over the country.
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>> i can't believe we're meeting you. >> reporter: widows, sisters, children, nephews, and the last living survivor of the crashes, walt diven, whose parachute was saved and refashioned into his wife's wedding dress. >> they always say lest we forget. and that's so easy to do i find it's always kind of pushed off to the back. bring it back. >> reporter: sarah morgan's father died six weeks before she was born. dorothy sticks witnessed his final moments. >> if they had to die, i'm kind of glad he was on american soil. >> reporter: hallowed ground to mink nnie klein, whose now deceased husband was the only survivor of a crash that killed 16 others. >> i'm karen. i'm the pilot's daughter.
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>> i heard you were coming here. >> reporter: milligan, nebraska, will never be mentioned in the same breath as normandy or iwo jima, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be mentioned at all. >> they were headed overseas. they just, they didn't make it. >> reporter: for "today," mike leonard, nbc news, milligan, nebraska. >> beautiful tribute. >> one of the nicest stories we've done in a long time. and we appreciate michael bringing it to us. >> we sure do. we'll be back in a moment with "today" on nbc.
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my commute home to the eastern shore every night only takes an hour but that's more time than congress spends reading massive spending bills, it's crazy. that's why i wrote a law that requires 72 hours to read every bill. i read the big bills and i said no. no to the $3 trillion budget, no to the bank bailout, and no to the health care bill. at home you would never pay a bill without reading it neither should congress. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message because i'm proud to be ranked one of the most independent members of congress. ♪ >> announcer: "the toyota concert series" on "today" brought you by toyota. >> they're one of country music's hottest duos and they're here to perform their number one
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hit "all i want to do." ladies and gentlemen, sugarland. ♪ ♪ i don't want to get up, baby, let's turn off the phone ♪ ♪ i don't want to go to work today or even put my makeup on ♪ ♪ i got better things to do than my to-do list anyway ♪ ♪ hide under the covers and waste away the day ♪ ♪ let's just lay here and be lazy, baby, drive me crazy ♪ ♪ all i want to do-oo-oo-oo-oo oo-oo-oo-oo-oo ♪ ♪ all i want to do-oo-oo-oo-oo oo-oo-oo-oo-oo is love you ♪
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♪ yeah >> all right! ♪ i got my whole life to change the world and climb the ladders ♪ ♪ looking at you looking at me is the only thing that matters ♪ ♪ come a little closer, baby, we can talk without the words ♪ ♪ hang a sign on the door, please do not disturb ♪ ♪ let's just lay here and be lazy, baby, drive me crazy ♪ ♪ all i want to do-oo-oo-oo-oo oo-oo-oo-oo-oo ♪ ♪ all i want to do-oo-oo-oo-oo oo-oo-oo-oo-oo is love you ♪ ♪ give me a kiss from that elvis lip, you don't want to miss
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this ♪ ♪ all i want to do-oo-oo-oo-oo oo-oo-oo-oo-oo ♪ ♪ all i want to do-oo-oo-oo-oo oo-oo-oo-oo-oo is love you ♪ ♪ all i really want to do, all i really want to do, all i really want to do is love you and love you and love you ♪ ♪ come a little closer, baby, we can talk without the words, hang a sign on the door ♪ ♪ please do not, please do not, please do not, please do not disturb ♪ ♪ when i lay down in the evening, all i really want to o d
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do ♪ ♪ when i wake up, when i wake up in the morning, baby, all i really want to do is ♪ ♪ oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo >> you sing! ♪ oo-oo-oo-oo-oo-oo >> sounds good! >> and we'll have more music when sugarland in a moment, but first, this is "today" on nbc. ♪
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i'm bob ehrlich. i'm not the kind of guy who likes to hang on the sidelines. today maryland is in trouble. we're worse off than we were four years ago. dangerous debt, higher taxes, not enough jobs. we need real leadership to turn this state around. fix the budget -- honestly. grow small businesses -- really. excellent schools -- everywhere. protect the bay -- finally. it's why i'm running. to make the state we love not just good but great. now let's get down to work.
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♪ sugarland has been on the music scene for about six years now. guess what? they've sold about 8 million albums. their fourth album "the incredible machine" is due out next week. jennifer nettles and christopher bush. welcome back. >> thank you. >> now you've got a football connection. are you fans? >> we're fans. well, we're falcons fans. we're from atlanta. >> well, you're still fans, that's all right. when nbc and the nfl approach you, you're going to sing the theme song. >> the theme song, which is so exciting. people are watching sunday night. they've been watching all day
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and can't wait for the big event in the evening and we'll be singing it. >> it should be a big response. you hear the song -- like oh, my gosh! >> i've got to watch the game! you've been on tour. how do you like life on the road? >> i love it. >> what's the best part? >> the fans is the best part. the worst part is the traveling. you're tired. >> when you sleep on a bed that moves. >> you spend a lot of time on the bus? >> we live on the bus. >> "the incredible machine," the way it's described by you folks and other interviews, it's getting back to the heart of it. >> yes, absolutely. >> what's that mean? >> well, last record, we wrote about love in general and this record we're talking about the heart and emotions and the way that it works in life, and it's such an incredible machine in and of itself. >> you're still having fun, aren't you? >> oh, my gosh, what's it look like? >> i can tell. no question about it. what are you going to sing right now? >> we're going to sing our latest single, "stuck like glue." >> all right. ladies and gentlemen, sugarland!
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♪ ♪ absolutely no one who knows me better, no one that can make me feel so good ♪ ♪ how did we stay so long together when everybody, everybody said we never would ♪ ♪ and just when i, i start to think they're right, that love has died ♪ ♪ there you go making my heart beat again, heart beat again, heart beat again ♪ ♪ there you go making me feel like a kid, won't you do it and do it one time ♪ ♪ there you go pulling me right back in, right back in, right back in ♪ ♪ and i know i'm never letting
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this go, i'm stuck on you ♪ ♪ whoa-oh, whoa-oh, stuck like glue, you and me, baby, we're stuck like glue ♪ ♪ some days i don't feel like trying, no, some days, you know, i wanna just give up ♪ ♪ when it doesn't matter who's right, fight about it all night, had enough ♪ ♪ you give me that look, i'm sorry, baby, let's make up ♪ ♪ you do that thing that makes me laugh and just like that ♪ ♪ there you go making my heart beat again, heart beat again, heart beat again ♪ ♪ there you go making me feel like a kid, won't you do it and do it one time ♪ ♪ there you go pulling me right back in, right back in, right
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back in ♪ ♪ and i know i'm never letting this go, i'm stuck on you ♪ ♪ whoa-oh, whoa-oh, stuck like glue, you and me, baby, we're stuck like glue ♪ ♪ whoa-oh, whoa-oh, stuck like glue, you and me, baby, we're stuck like glue ♪ ♪ whoa-oh, whoa-oh, you almost stay out, too stuck together from the atl ♪ ♪ whoa-oh, whoa-oh, feeling kind of sick just like a spoonful of sugar make it better real quick ♪ ♪ isaiah, whoa-oh, whoa-oh, what you gonna do with that, come on over here with that sugar sticky sweet stuff ♪ ♪ come on give me that stuff, everybody want some melodies that get stuck up in your head, whoa-oh, whoa-oh ♪ ♪ whoa-oh, whoa-oh, stuck like
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glue, you and me together, say it's all i wanna do, i said ♪ ♪ there you go making my heart beat again, heart beat again, heart beat again ♪ ♪ there you go making me feel like a kid, won't you do it, do it one time ♪ ♪ there you go pulling me right back in, right back in, right back in, and i know, i'm never letting this go ♪ ♪ there you go making my heart beat again, heart beat again, heart beat again ♪ ♪ there you go making me feel like a kid, won't you do it, do it one time ♪ ♪ there you go pulling me right back in, right back in, right back in and i know i'm never letting this go ♪ ♪ i'm stuck on you, whoa-oh, whoa-oh, stuck like glue, you and me, baby, we're stuck like glue ♪ ♪ whoa-oh, whoa-oh, stuck like glue, you and me, baby, we're stuck like glue ♪ ♪ whoa-oh, whoa-oh, stuck like glue, you and me, baby, we're
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stuck like glue ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> and we're going to have more music from sugarland coming up on a friday morning. but first, these messages, your local news and weather. ♪
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>> live, local, late-breaking - this is a wbal-tv 11 news update. >> good morning, it is 8:55. baltimore city has recorded its 150 of the murder of 2010. police say glen burnie man was shot and killed in southwest baltimore thursday afternoon. the man dragged himself to a nearby business for help and later died. and among with information on this case is asked to call metro crime stoppers. this latest murder puts the city five behind the pace
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>> look at your forecast.
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>> here is what the map will look like today and into the evening hours. the area of high pressure keep us dry and the stormy weather will be out to the west and will eventually catch up with us by sunday when we will get much- needed rain. temperatures rise today through the 70's but are stuck in the 70's. readings will be below the seasonal average. that is nice and comfortable. scattered clouds today and a little breezy but not extremely so light yesterday. 74-794 the highs and 7:23 will be sunset. >> thank you for joining us and we will have another weather update at 8:25. everyone knows a fee is a tax. you raised some taxes during that period, particularly the property tax as well as a lot of fee increases. as you know, there's a big difference between fees and taxes. but...they're the same.
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it's a tax. it's a tax. it's a tax. it's a tax. there's a big difference between fees and taxes. fees and taxes are one in the same. if it comes out of my pocket, it's a tax. now he says it isn't true. we didn't raise taxes. what? still doing the same thing, paying out more money. typical politician. definitely.

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